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17 things I should have learned before first grade

Not everyone wants to know what you know, but they should at least get the chance.

Recently I have been counting total cattle pounds in 1,000-pound increments for "cow days" calculations.

After I total thousand pounds of animals, then I figure how many pounds per day of dry matter (forage grass) I have out in front of the cattle. When I have time I also estimate how much feed there is back behind the cattle. This figure swings drastically as to moisture, daylight (sunshine) and temperature.

There is a bunch of difference in grazing pasture and regrowth Sept. 1 and what we hit after Sept. 20. At some point in time around frost we do not plan to see any real significant growth of perennial forages again until after Feb. 10. If you do not practice such management thinking maybe it’s easier to understand why a grazing system wiht little or no hay sounds impossible.

In that vein, I ran across an old book the other day and read the edges. One of the things it reminded me was to share the things I've learned. That's what I try to do with this blog.

The book is All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, by Robert Fulghum. Here is my short list, taken from his longer list. These are the ones that struck me as important and/or worthwhile:

  1. Share what you know to be correct with others.
  2. Share what you have accumulated.
  3. Don’t overcharge or cheat in business or work.
  4. Don’t swing at people.
  5. Return tools to where they belong and came from (I lost a framing hammer last week).
  6. Clean up behind yourself.
  7. When you’re wrong, own up to it and ask forgiveness and mean it.
  8. Clean up at least a little before you eat.
  9. When you’re finished – flush the head.
  10. Study and think and learn and laugh.
  11. It won’t kill you to do some honest work everyday.
  12. A little play is good.
  13. Belly laugh every day – mostly at yourself.
  14. Get goodly amounts of sleep on a regular basis even if it requires an occasional nap.
  15. Hold hands with the one you love and move toward agreement on a daily basis.
  16. The biggest words we’ve learned might lightly be "look" and "listen."
  17. Oh yes, regularly (once or more every day) check in with our Maker and spend a good amount of that time in thankfulness and do a bunch of listening.

Truth is that I need to review this list on a real regular basis.

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